Love fabric? Love competition? Well, in the spirit of March Madness, we’re excited to announce MODERN MADNESS — a fun new interactive activity for all of our readers for the month of March.

See? This is what happens when you put a guy in charge of a quilting activity! : )
Oh, and Go Heels!

Our version of the Big Dance will pit all of your favorite modern fabric lines against one another in a fierce competition to determine the winner — the #1 current (or recent) fabric line as determined by the readers of Fat Quarterly.

Here’s how it will work:

  • We’ve already randomly created the brackets containing the top 64 fabric lines in the quilting world (in our humble opinion. Sorry in advance for any unintentional omissions, though we think it’s pretty comprehensive.) Print the brackets out to play along!
  • Throughout the month of March, we’ll be posting the different rounds and regions of competition. Once posted, a survey will go live for you to vote for your favorites.
  • Once the voting for each round is closed, we’ll update the brackets and get ready for the next round of competition.

From 64 contenders, only one will emerge as the winner. Lots of great debate, conversation, and celebration will ensue.

Here’s the schedule:

Round 1

  • Region 1: March 2nd
  • Region 2: March 6th
  • Region 3: March 9th
  • Region 4: March 11th

Round 2

  • Region 1: March 14th
  • Region 2: March 18th
  • Region 3: March 20th
  • Region 4: March 24th


  • Part 1: March 27th
  • Part 2: March 29th

Quarterfinals – April 1st

Semifinals – April 3rd

Championship – April 7th

And college basketball fans know the best part about March Madness: predicting all of the winners before the competition starts, and keeping track of how many points you earn by being correct!

We encourage you to print the brackets before we begin on March 2nd and fill it out. We’ll give tips on how to keep score throughout the competition, and we may even create a leader board to see how you’re stacking up against other readers.

Sound like fun? Ready to play? Download your brackets here.